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EPL Copenhagen runs into hotel problems

The Copenhagen EPL meeting set for June at the Marriott Hotel on the Kalvebod Brygge waterfront has run into problems with hotel bookings, according to an email warning from EPL to members today.   Delegates are already grumbling that they have been unable to get bookings for the night of 15 June 2011, ahead of […]

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Response from The Hotel, Brussels

What a pleasant surprise to see the response from the manager of The Hotel (formerly the Brussels Hilton) to the posting “March EPL Brussels: new Hilton same as old Hilton.”   “Important decisions are being made every day and we are doing our utmost to guarantee a high level of service and standards …. I […]

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Belgian strike blights EPL

The Belgian 24-hour general strike on Friday 4 March caused havoc to chemical folk returning from Brussels the morning after the EPL dinner.   Public transport was disrupted and the capital’s roads were blocked so people had to find imaginative ways out. Our own intrepid reporters had to walk to the Eurostar train terminal at […]

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Sandelowsky joins EPL committee

The European Petrochemical Luncheon (EPL) committee has elected Ruth Sandelowsky of Kolmar to join the committee as of 3 March 2011, replacing Peter Demetriadi who has completed his three years today.   She takes over the position as the trader member of the committee, and will be in charge of inviting speakers for the EPL […]

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TRADER MOVES: Michiel Brons joins PCB

Michiel Brons, formerly of SABIC in the Netherlands and then Riyadh, joined Petrochemical Brokerage (PCB) on 1 March 2011, he told the Blog today at EPL in Brussels.   He will be broking benzene and styrene for the Rotterdam-based brokerage. On a personal note, he said, he has just become the father of a baby […]

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March EPL Brussels: new Hilton same as old Hilton

The Blog spent a few hours at the March EPL in Brussels on Thursday morning, after the ICIS 6th World Olefins Conference on Wednesday.   At breakfast in the Sofitel, across Boulevard de Waterloo from the EPL hotel, it was obvious that a lot of EPL-goers had chosen to stay at the Sofitel and have […]

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High expectations for EPL in Copenhagen

Ahead of the summer EPL in Copenhagen, some canny travellers have been taking advice from local friends.   It seems that the Danish capital has some fantastic food. I’ve just read through this review which Truong has kindly forwarded to me, and was struck by words like “incredible”, “wonderments”, “life-changing”, “absurdly delicious” and my favourite, […]

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US Ambassador to speak at March EPL

The US Ambassador to Belgium, His Excellency Howard Gutman, will be the guest after-dinner speaker at the EPL dinner in March.   The event will take place at the Hilton Hotel (now The Hotel) in Brussels, on Thursday, 3 March 2011.   The theme of his speech will be: “If Barack Obama Were a Country, […]

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Take your partner on a business trip

The days of the spouses’ programme at conferences may be over, but chemical folk are not averse to taking a partner along on the occasional trip. Especially those whose children are past school-age.   The summer EPL meeting, usually in a warm location, is often the time to catch sight of these rare birds.   […]

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Hilton Brussels sold to Pandox, renamed “The Hotel”

The Hilton Brussels, long-time home of the European Petrochemical Luncheon (EPL), has been sold to the Swedish hotel group Pandox, and is now “The Hotel,” according to an article in the Dutch press spotted by Blog reader Lode.   EPL-goers, who have been complaining about the Hilton Brussels for many years, will be relieved to […]

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